Saturday's Money-Making Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, June 28, 2014 1:17 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 28, 2014 1:17 PM UTC

As the home run totals have dipped in the MLB due to rules and regulations, we’re seeing baseball at its purest form. We have some really appealing matchups today. Stand by for your winning betting picks.

Joe C. Record: 106-105 -27.12 Units

St. Louis Cardinals (44-37) at Los Angeles Dodgers (45-37): Greinke Has Been “Stinky”
I hate to make a joke out of it, but for a while, Zack Greinke (9-4, 2.85) was on a major roll, not allowing a team more than 2 runs going back to last year. Lately, Greinke has fallen apart. He’s still good compared to the average major league pitcher, but for his standards he’s pitched quite poorly.

Greinke is coming off of an embarrassing performance in which he allowed 5 runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings to the Kansas City Royals. Overall, Greinke just hasn’t shown that consistency that we’re used to seeing from him

Waiting in the wings will be Cards starter Lance Lynn (8-5, 2.90). Lynn has pitched lights out lately, allowing just 2 earned runs on 10 hits in his last 22 innings (3 starts). If Greinke can’t gain back his control, he’ll need support from a formidable Dodgers offensive team. Although the Dodgers have some real respectable hitters in their lineup, they’ve been playing some very low scoring games.

Low Scoring Games
In their 7 games, the Dodgers have scored 4 runs or less in 6 games. In this series with St. Louis alone, both teams have managed a combined 5 runs in 2 games. This game could come down to the pitching and right now Lance Lynn is the pitcher with the momentum.

After a ferocious start to the season, the Milwaukee Brewers have gotten off to a big lead in the National League Central Division. The St. Louis Cardinals offense will need to hit like they did in years past. Thus far, the Cards rank 24th in the league in runs and 17th in batting average. This isn’t the Cards team that we’re used to seeing as guys like Allen Craig (6 HR, 40 RBI, .256), Matt Holiday (5 HR, 39 , .270) and Matt Carpenter (3 HR, 30 RBI, .275) are having some really mediocre seasons. Nonetheless, Zack Greinke is a vulnerable pitcher and this might be the opportunity that the Cards needs to regain some confidence and take a bite into Milwaukee’s lead.

Let’s take a little bit of a risk with the Cards as one of our MLB picks.

Free MLB Pick: St. Louis +133 at 5 Dimes

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Boston Red Sox (36-44) at New York Yankees (41-37): Boston Gets Respect With Odds Makers
You’re never going to see Masahiro Tanaka (11-2, 2.11) at odds of just -156 against a team with the record that the Boston Red Sox possess. The Red Sox get the respect because they’re the defending World Series champions, and these two teams have the most bitter rivalry in baseball.

Tanaka has been the best pitcher in baseball, but is coming off of a game in which he was merely average and the Yankees gave him nothing in the form of run support. In his last start, Tanaka went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits. This is considered a poor start for the Japanese import due to his greatness.

A Different Red Sox Team
Although Brock Holt has been a huge surprise for the Boston Red Sox and has actually had a better season than Jacoby Ellsbury, other big names like Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava haven’t produced. The Sox also don’t have Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the dish anymore and this team just isn’t the same.

Boston is coming off a 6-0 loss to the Yankees yesterday, and it’s obvious that this isn’t their year and they need an overhaul. Look for Tanaka to expose their weaknesses tonight.

Free MLB Pick: New York -156 at 5 Dimes (2 UNIT PLAY)

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